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Who Doesn’t Want to Take Better Selfies?

The Selfie. That quick photo that you take of yourself has become the social media craze. And it’s thanks to social media that the selfie has become such a huge phenomenon.

I remember back to my childhood (and earlier adulthood) using a film camera and trying to take a selfie. I would take the camera and turn it around to face me and try my best to line it up right and then snap the picture. But you’d have to wait until the roll of film was developed to see if it came out. And it was almost always blurry, and heads were half cropped out.

Then digital cameras came out and we would still try to take a selfie, the only difference being that we could delete each shot that wasn’t right and try again because we had instant access to the resulting photo.

Mostly we took (or tried to take) these selfies just because it was fun. Or maybe we were all alone in front of some landmark and we wanted proof that we had been there. And at some point, we wanted our friends to see these photos (not just the selfies but all of our photos). We’d put them in photo albums and show anyone who came over our houses. We’d make little photo albums and take them with us to show people.

When the internet came along we could email our photos to friends. If we were ambitious we could create a web page to display a few photos. Then along came online photo sharing which made it a little easier for us to share photos. We were not only viewing this online media, we were contributing to it as well.

And then came social media. Social took the ease of posting photos online one step further, allowing us to really include others in our photo sharing worlds, with tagging and commenting, etc. I will make the claim that social media made a huge impact on the photo sharing industry because, not only because of the immediacy of sharing your photos, but because of how many people you could show your photo to at the same time.

Oh yeah, throw in smartphones, now with front facing cameras. Taking a selfie was never easier… or was it? Not very long ago, within the last year, we start seeing “selfie sticks.” These are sticks with clamps on the end that hold our smartphones so we can now “hold” the camera out about 4-6 feet in front of us. We can get everyone in the picture with us, and the background. That’s cool and all… but a selfie stick is also fast becoming one of the most obnoxious gadgets in the world. They’re already being banned in museums because of the risks to the art.  So, if we’re not going to use a selfie stick, what other options do we have?

tag-it

Introducing the “Treasure Tag” by Nokia. Right now this only works on Lumia smartphones, but it may catch on and the market may expand.  First of all, you can use this “tag” on anything. You can tag your keys so you can always find them with your smartphone. But that’s not why I’m writing this post. The tag pairs with your smartphone using NFC technology and, using Lumia’s Selfie App (yes, there’s a special camera app just for taking selfies), you can remotely trigger the camera using the Treasure Tag.  Pretty neat.

Again, I contend that it’s primarily because of social media that selfies have become such a huge thing, and because of that, we’re now seeing technology to assist us in taking selfie’s more easily. Not just this Treasure Tag, but selfie sticks too. Who know what we’ll see next. Maybe someone will invent a smartphone with a built-in fold-out tripod. Hmmm… ‘hello patent office?’